The 10 Best Things to Do in Humahuaca, Argentina

July 31, 2017 Concepcion Newsome

Humahuaca (Spanish pronunciation: [umaˈwaka]) is a city in the province of Jujuy, Argentina. It has 11,369 inhabitants as per the 2001 census [INDEC], and is the principal town (seat) of the Department of Humahuaca. The city is widely known for its location at the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a long valley east of the central Andean Altiplano.
Restaurants in Humahuaca

1. Serranias del Hornocal

Humahuaca, Argentina
Excellent
90%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
1%
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0%
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5 based on 850 reviews

Serranias del Hornocal

Reviewed By Astronomer61 - New York City, New York

But the drive if you are in a standard small manual rental car is long and requires care. Guidebooks and locals tell you it is a 40 minute drive. For us it was closer to 90 minutes and the final 30 minutes was winding up to 4300 meters in 2nd gear pretty much all the way. Not fun. BUT it is an amazing place. We were there at about 3.30pm in summer. Seemed about the perfect time. Drive back (downhill) is easier.

2. Quebrada de Humahuaca

Rio Grande | Purmamarca Village, Humahuaca, Argentina +54 387 422-9530
Excellent
77%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
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1%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Quebrada de Humahuaca

The valley contains numerous archaeological remains of pre-Columbian settlements.

Reviewed By Michael N - Newcastle, Australia

Amazing scenery formed by the thrusting up of the Andes Mountains with spectacular folding and many different coloured strata. A must for any Geology fan.

3. Monumento a los Heroes de la Independencia

Frente a la Plaza Principal | Centro Urbano, Humahuaca, Argentina
Excellent
32%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
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1%
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4 based on 477 reviews

Monumento a los Heroes de la Independencia

Reviewed By davidgoldberg1 - Toronto, Canada

This splendid amalgam of indigenous and colonial bronze sculpture stands on a small hill facing the main square of the town. Accessed by climbing a staircase of around 150 steps, it is a 70 ton piece of bronze depicting a jubilant native chieftain (opinions differ on who exactly is represented here) announcing the news of the nation’s final victory in the battle for freedom. Below, a large frieze describes a crouching crowd exhibiting their joy at the outcome. At the top, the monument blends into the hill that is dramatically pierced by large cacti that seem to have symbolically sprung up from the earth to join the celebration. It is a uniquely individual work of art that expresses the emotional language of the region, and I am astonished at some of the criticism leveled against it by other reviewers.

4. Iglesia de Plaza Central de Humahuaca

Plaza central, Humahuaca, Argentina
Excellent
29%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 199 reviews

Iglesia de Plaza Central de Humahuaca

Reviewed By PATO-BETO - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Se encuentra frente a la plaza principal y al Cabildo. Se comenzó a construir en el año 1631 y se terminó en 1634. Con muros de adobe muy anchos y una gran riqueza en su interior, donde podemos encontrar una serie de pinturas de origen cuzqueño. Nosotros entramos después de las 12 hs. y hay una persona que se encarga de dar una explicación muy buena de todos los detalles de la Iglesia. No se permiten sacar fotos en su interior. Al salir no se pierdan la sala donde están todos los mantos de la Virgen. También hay baños públicos, al costado de un jardín muy bonito, con rosas y un cactus gigante.

5. Cabildo de Humahuaca

Tucuman | Jujuy, Humahuaca 4630, Argentina
Excellent
22%
Good
61%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
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4 based on 121 reviews

Cabildo de Humahuaca

Reviewed By roboskar - London, United Kingdom

According to the Humahuaca bus station map, the tourist information office is opposite the church. We find the church easily enough, but it is totally upstaged by the building on the opposite side of the plaza, the Cabildo de Humahuaca, which at first glance doesn't appear to be the tourist office. It’s a curious mixture of styles, with arched windows, wrought iron gratings, balcony ironwork and a clock tower, the upper stone walls painted white. It wouldn't be out of place in the middle of Barcelona. But then I spot a guy standing at a portable table in the shade, a hand painted sign reads: Asistencia Turistica, Sevicious, Services.
He is Julio, about fifty years old and has thick mass of greying black hair tied into a ponytail. He tells me he was a shepherd from the age of seven, but when his daughter was born he wanted better for her. He used to stand with her at the roadside and wave at the tourist busses passing by. He was interested to hear all the different languages. He moved his family to Humahuaca, worked at various jobs, learnt to speak English, and eventually became the tourist information office in Humahuaca.

6. Iglesia de la Candelaria y San Antonio

Calle Buenos Aires, s/n, Humahuaca, Argentina
Excellent
27%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
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4 based on 108 reviews

Iglesia de la Candelaria y San Antonio

Reviewed By jaynezak - Los Angeles, California

Humahuaca is a pueblo in the Humahuaca Valley, 10,000 feet above sea level. Many Bolivian immigrants sell traditional Andean crafts and coca leaves. The architecture, adobe houses, street lamps and cobblestone streets are all from another time. The ancestral customs continue here.
The historic Cabildo building (town hall) is the home of the main tourist attraction. There is a stellar performance by San Francisco Solano, a mechanical statue with waving arms that blesses the audience of tourists and locals every day at noon. It comes complete with music blaring from the nearby Church of the Candelaria..
For more info and photos go to http://havefunflysafe.com/2013/08/18/things-i-have-learned-in-jujuy-argentina/

7. Santa Cruz y San Francisco

Humahuaca, Argentina
Excellent
43%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
2%
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4 based on 39 reviews

Santa Cruz y San Francisco

Reviewed By kuma49 - Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

ウマワカ市内のコリエンテス通りにある小さな教会がここです。日本人にはあまり興味がわかないけれども、中の宗教画がなかなかのものです。
白の教会が青い空に映えます。

8. Arte Guanuco

Ruta 9 - Km 1808 | Paraje Huasadurazno, Humahuaca, Argentina +54 3887 42-1303
Excellent
36%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
3%
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4 based on 30 reviews

Arte Guanuco

Reviewed By Stevetarn2014 - London, United Kingdom

This shop is hard to miss on the main road, there are Llama outside that you can feed and get up close and personal with and take photos.

9. Torre de Santa Barbara

Humahuaca, Argentina
Excellent
12%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
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4 based on 31 reviews

Torre de Santa Barbara

Reviewed By kuma49 - Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

今年が200年の独立記念のアルゼンチンですが、その記念碑のそばにあるのがこの塔です。サボテンに囲まれ眺めはなかなかのものです。

10. Pena Blanca

Humahuaca, Argentina
Excellent
26%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
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4 based on 26 reviews

Pena Blanca

Reviewed By Brigitte H - London, United Kingdom

One of the few restaurants open in this ski town which must buzz in the snow. Rather quaint Spanish take on Swiss architecture with stunning mountain backdrop.
Fairly limited verbal menu which is difficult but with a good deal of guesswork, you hope to get what you want. So much easier to see a foreign language written down.

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